WashU’s Data Governance Program is an university-wide, data driven movement focused on a strategic vision and guiding principles to support a robust, innovative, shared decision-making framework by leveraging our people, processes and technology to effectively and properly manage our data as a strategic asset. 

What is Data Governance?

  • Provides organizational framework for data guidelines / standards to effectively manage data
  • Maximize the value of the University’s data while minimizing risk
  • Empowers people across the university with the knowledge and tools to make smart data decisions

Benefits of Data Governance

Data governance is essential for unlocking the full potential of data assets:

  • Superior decision-making
  • Improved operational efficiency
  • Improved Data Quality
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Increase collaboration

Collibra

WashU uses a data intelligence platform called Collibra to support the University’s data governance efforts. Collibra contains business terms, report catalog and many data artifacts. Collibra also assists data stewards and data coordinators by streamlining and organizing responsibilities, establishing workflows for decision making. For more information visit our Collibra Data Governance Overview page.

Personnel and Policies

WashU owns all university data, the Data Governance Office (DGO) provides the leadership and collaborative efforts to determine the community’s data-related responsibilities. 

Our governance framework serves three primary purposes:

  1. Assigns stewardship, management, and custodianship responsibilities for university data.
  2. Empowers leadership to advise the university community regarding procedures for the effective management and protection of the data consistent with the needs of the university.
  3. Recommends data-related standards and protocols

Data Stewardship

The Data Governance Office (DGO) will lead this strategic effort, while our Data Stewardship community, who are most familiar with a specific data domain will be actively engaged.

Data Stewards and Data Coordinators meet monthly with the DGO to discuss topics surrounding WashU’s data, business term proposals, workflow processes, data governance best practices, and Collibra training.

In order for a data governance program to be successful it must be a shared responsibility across business functions, information technology, and anyone who interacts with data.


Contact Data Governance

For additional questions and information regarding Data Governance please contact us at: datagovernance@wustl.edu